Austin Meadows Expected to Miss the Start of the West Virginia Season
Mar21

Austin Meadows Expected to Miss the Start of the West Virginia Season

Top prospects Austin Meadows and Stetson Allie have been out of action in minor league camp, both dealing with injuries. With the regular season about two weeks away, here is an update on each player and their eventual return to the game. **Austin Meadows still hasn’t returned to game action after being out with a hamstring injury. The outfielder is expected to miss the first few weeks of the regular season, with the Pirates...

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Clay Holmes Has Tommy John Surgery
Mar21

Clay Holmes Has Tommy John Surgery

Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed pitching prospect Clay Holmes underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure. I just spoke with Holmes, who was wearing a bandage and a sling over his right arm, and he said he will go back to Dr. Andrews after four months for an evaluation. The expected recovery time is 10-12 months, which should put Holmes in position to be game ready during Spring Training next...

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Pirates Won’t Trade For a Catcher Following Chris Stewart’s Surgery
Mar21

Pirates Won’t Trade For a Catcher Following Chris Stewart’s Surgery

When asked whether the Pittsburgh Pirates would consider adding a backup catcher in light of Chris Stewart’s recent surgery, Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington responded with a quick “no”. “Never really was a choice, unless Chris was going to be out for the majority of the season,” Huntington said. “If it was a short-term loss, then Tony was going to be the guy. Absolutely have complete...

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Pirates Make Eight Roster Cuts, Including Irwin, McGuiness and Morel
Mar21

Pirates Make Eight Roster Cuts, Including Irwin, McGuiness and Morel

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made eight roster cuts this morning, with Opening Day just ten days away. Starter Phil Irwin, first baseman Chris McGuiness and third baseman Brent Morel were optioned to Indianapolis. They have also reassigned infielder Chase d’Arnaud and relief pitchers Cody Eppley, Jake Brigham, Josh Kinney and Yao-Hsun Yang. Neal Huntington talked about some of the moves with the media after the moves were...

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First Pitch: Which Reliever Should Be the Odd Man Out?
Mar21

First Pitch: Which Reliever Should Be the Odd Man Out?

I’ve written about how the Pittsburgh Pirates have eight relievers for seven bullpen spots. They have a little over one week remaining, and as long as everyone stays healthy, they’ll have a tough decision to make. Earlier this week, we heard that the Pirates were listening on Vin Mazzaro. Today there were two more rumors talking about relievers other than Mazzaro. Ken Davidoff reports that two industry sources say that the...

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Pirate City Notes: Buddy Borden, Chad Kuhl, Erich Weiss, JaCoby Jones
Mar20

Pirate City Notes: Buddy Borden, Chad Kuhl, Erich Weiss, JaCoby Jones

The A-ball teams were in action at Pirate City today, playing the Toronto Blue Jays farm system. The highlights were 2013 draft picks Buddy Borden and Chad Kuhl pitching four innings each, along with Jeff Locke and Mark Melancon getting some work in, with each pitcher throwing two innings to start the game. Here are some notes from the day’s action. Tim Williams **I was mostly focused on Buddy Borden today, as this was the first...

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